For nearly three decades, the Miami Yacht Show and Miami International Boat Show have run simultaneously. The former, long known as the Yacht & Brokerage Show, has been the superyacht center for all this time. However, the latter show is just as important for captains, crew, and owners seeking gear and accessories, along with tenders and toys. In recognition of this, show organizers are offering a joint ticket, a first.
“This is one of the most well-known boat-show weekends in the world,” comments Mary Bender, vice president of marketing for Informa, producer and co-owner of the Miami Yacht Show. “The joint ticket is one of this year’s many enhancements designed to deliver the ultimate in enjoyment and convenience for our guests.”
Both shows start on February 15 and end on February 19. The joint admission runs from February 16 through the last day. For $50 per person per day, you can enter both the Miami Yacht Show and Miami International Boat Show. You can start your boat browsing at either show’s location, too. Buses will run between the two from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Miami Yacht Show stretches more than a mile along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. It includes more than 500 new and brokerage yachts and megayachts, too. More megayachts are at a second location, named Superyacht Miami for the long weekend, on nearby Watson Island. There, the Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina hosts ones too large for the Indian Creek Waterway, paralleling Collins Avenue. Pre-registration, however, is required for Watson Island’s displays. Either your broker can do it for you, or you can register yourself online. (On a related note, check our website this Friday, February 2, for a sneak peek at some of the biggest superyachts set to exhibit.)
As for the Miami International Boat Show, it’s at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key. More than 200 boats can take you out on sea trials. Sailing monohulls and catamarans have dedicated in-water locations, too. On-land tents group together hundreds of electronics companies, inflatables, deck gear, and other accessories.